Precipitation levels much higher than average and cooler temperatures are working in favor of a shorter wildfire season this year in the Inland Northwest.
Spokane National Weather Service (NWS) Lead Forecaster, Charlotte Dewey, says our region has received more precipitation this spring in comparison to the past five years.
"It's typical for us to see a longer, drawn-out, cooler, wetter spring season. It's just been a while. Typically in the past several years, we've had a drier, shorter spring," Dewey said.
This drawn-out spring sets us up for a shorter and hopefully less busy wildfire season.
“In comparison to the last couple of years, we had a real quick on-switch to fire season. We dried out, warmed up, and saw the fire season get off to a fast start. This year, we'll see a delayed start because we've been so cool and moist."